Watermelon Series Final
Saturday, August 20, 2011
I ran race 4 of the Watermelon Series of 5Ks. I have now run five 5K races and this was my slowest by 2 seconds at 31:21. I started at the back of the pack and I didn't push it. I'm still recovering from a bear of a cold -- actually two of them back to back. I was out of award contention because I missed race 3 anyway so I just ran for exercise and fun. It felt good to run easy. I'm glad I did follow through and run it. I stayed for the trophy celebration. It was just a little bit hard to see that the first place winner in my age group is someone I beat in races one and two. Maybe next year.
I'm glad I stayed, though, because I got to meet quite a few other runners around my age. Again I was encouaged to join a Galloway walk/run group and I think I will. A lot of them run long races. Maybe someday I'll tackle a half marathon. I'm not seeing the point of running a whole marathon of 26+ miles -- it just seems like too much punishment. The most I've ever run was 9 miles and I feel confident I can build up to 13.1 without bleeding, fainting, exhaustion, injury, etc.
The finish line pictures from today's 5K have not been posted yet. If they are up today, I'll edit this blog and add mine. If not, I'll probably post it tomorrow. Right now I'm feeling strong and healthy. I'm hoping for a really fast race on September 3rd. We'll see.